Bernhard Christensen Center for Vocation
What’s new with the CCV?
We are proud to recognize the 2013-2014 Christensen Scholars and Interfaith Scholars. Applications will soon be ready for next year’s scholars so check back soon!
Check out our new This I Believe series featuring essay reflections by current Augsburg faculty and staff.
Connecting Faith, Scholarship, Service, World
The Christensen Center for Vocation is a natural outgrowth of Augsburg’s commitment to the theological exploration of vocation. This commitment rises from the belief that all people have the capacity to be agents of God’s love by using their gifts and talents to serve their neighbor. By promoting and supporting activities that provide opportunities for deep reflection, the CCV helps students, staff, faculty, and friends of the College discern their life purpose in service to the world.
The fundamental principles that inspire and guide all CCV endeavors are the five lessons learned from Bernhard M. Christensen, president of Augsburg College from 1938-1962:
- Christian faith liberates minds and lives.
- Diversity strengthens vital communities.
- Interfaith friendships enrich learning.
- The love of Christ draws us to God.
- We are called to service in the world.
Collaborating to nurture vocation
Rather than operating as a stand-alone center, the CCV collaborates with other on-campus departments and off-campus partners to explore the nexus between faith, learning, and service. Together, we produce activities that lie close to the heart of educational enterprise, enhance the capacity of the College to nurture vocation in every learning environment, and advance the “common commitments” of the Augsburg community – living in faith, global understanding, active citizenship, and meaningful work.